Best-Performing Asset Classes

July 6, 2022By Phil Clark, CPWA®,CFP®, CLU®

According to Yale University’s Crash Confidence Index, only about 27% of investors are confident the stock market will not crash sometime during the next six months.1 But if fear leads investors to avoid the entire investment class, they may limit their potential returns. For example, during the 20-year period ended December 31, 2018, stocks had Read the full article…

How to Treat Inherited Individual Retirement Accounts

May 25, 2022By KrostWealth

The SECURE Act, which became effective on January 1, 2021, changed the rules for inherited IRAs. Prior to that, the rules were very beneficial to non-spousal beneficiaries. The act upended the “life expectancy” rule for distributions and, in its place, created the 10-year rule for non-spousal beneficiaries. The act establishes a time period of 10 Read the full article…

Are Women Saving Enough?

October 28, 2020By KrostWealth

Presented by Philip Clark, CFP®, September 2020 Are women saving and investing enough today? How about you? Do you feel financially prepared for the future? Taking control of your financial future is so important, and it starts with saving and investing actively. Here are some of the reasons this is crucial. The earnings gap. Men Read the full article…

How Women Can Prepare For Retirement

October 28, 2020By KrostWealth

A practical financial checklist for the future. Presented by Philip Clark, CFP®, September 2020 When our parents retired, living to 75 amounted to a nice long life, and Social Security was often supplemented by a pension. The Social Security Administration estimates that today’s average 65-year-old woman will live to age 86½. Given these projections, it Read the full article…

“Backdoor” Roth IRAs

September 22, 2020By KrostWealth

If you make too much money to open a Roth IRA, you could create one this way. Presented by Philip Clark, CFP®, September 2020 You can sum up the appeal of a Roth IRA in three words: federal tax benefit. Potential earnings in a Roth IRA grow tax free as long as the owner abides Read the full article…

KROST Wealth Monthly Economic Update: September 2020

September 10, 2020By KrostWealth

In this month’s recap: Stocks prices surged in August as investors cheered positive news of a potential COVID-19 treatment and welcomed a month-long succession of upbeat economic data.Presented by Philip Clark, CFP®, September 2020 U.S. Markets Stock prices surged in August as investors cheered positive news of a potential COVID-19 treatment and welcomed a month-long Read the full article…

Countdown to College

July 7, 2020By KrostWealth

As a parent, of course you want to give your child the best opportunity for success, and for many, attending the “right” university or college is that opportunity. Unfortunately, being accepted to the college of one’s choice may not be as easy as it once was. Additionally, the earlier you consider how you expect to Read the full article…

Insurance Needs for Empty Nesters and Retirees

June 7, 2020By KrostWealth

Thinking about coverage as you enter a new phase. Presented by Philip Clark, CFP®, June 2020 With the children now out of the house, financial priorities become more focused on preparing for retirement. At this stage, you may very likely be at the height of your earning power and fast approaching peak savings as you Read the full article…

Financial Steps to Take Before a Divorce

May 1, 2020By KrostWealth

Wise moves to make before things are finalized. Provided by Philip Clark, CFP® Before your divorce goes through, it would be wise to check up on financial matters. It would be better to assess the state of your financial life before the split rather than after. Find out where you stand financially. Beyond your salary Read the full article…

Getting a Head Start on College Savings

April 14, 2020By KrostWealth

The hows and whys of college savings.  Provided by Philip Clark, CFP® The American family with a child born today can expect to spend about $233,610 to raise that child to the age of 18. And if you’ve already traded that supercharged convertible dream for a minivan, you can expect your little one’s college education Read the full article…